After almost a year of giving I get a number of emails on a regular basis from organizations I have made donations to through my giving journey. One such letter I received this week was from World Vision. I was so touched by this request I wanted to share it with you.
I am not a religious person, I do not attend church nor do I have a specific God that I worship. But I do believe in the power of people coming together and putting their collective energy towards common good. I have made a number of cash donations to support the relief effots in Africa but today I will give in a different way.
I will send my energy (a prayer) to the people of Africa and to all the organizations that are desperately trying to help.
Today we can all take moment to give and send some positive energy (a prayer) out into the universe to the people of Africa that are suffering so desperately in hopes they get the help they need before it’s to late.
Today my give is a prayer to the people in the Horn of Africa.
I’m writing today with a different kind of request. Would you take a few minutes to pray? Here’s why: There are 750,000 people who could starve to death in the next four months in an area of Somalia that aid agencies have not been able to reach.
This situation is horrific and avoidable. Families are walking 100 miles in search of aid, and often only the strongest survive the journey. In many cases, women are burying their children on the side of the road as they flee. This tragedy breaks my heart.
In the middle of the famine, in South-Central Somalia, we aren’t even able to reach these starving children. World Vision had deep, long-term community relationships in Somalia since 1992, but we were forced to leave this part of the country in 2010. Armed groups demanded most aid organizations leave.
It is horrible knowing that we have been prevented from rescuing starving people. Our work elsewhere in East Africa is saving lives,
You can imagine the needs of a family who has walked for days without food and very little water, a mother and a father who have just buried their children. The needs there are great. Yet governments and private donors have provided less than half of what the world needs to adequately respond.
We need safe access to help starving people. We need the resources to adequately care for the half million people now in overcrowded refugee camps. To achieve this, we need a breakthrough.
Please join us in prayer that World Vision and other aid organizations would be able to access the regions in Somalia where three quarters of a million people could starve to death. And pray for the financial resources to complete this job. I know that with your prayer, we can do this. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” — Mark 10:27 (NIV)
In prayer with you,
President, World Vision US